Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale ($45.00 for 0.25 oz.) is described as a “golden coral.” It’s comprised of four shades: shimmering beige, shimmering champagne, gold-shimmered orange, and shimmering peach-orange. Together, they create a muted, gold and peach-shimmered orange with a frosted finish. MAC Warmth of Coral is a touch lighter and more matte. MAC Melba is more matte and a touch dustier. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach is less frosted and less orange. Becca Damselfly is a smidgen darker. Make Up For Ever #153 is more frosted with a higher sheen.

The concept behind this product is that the shades coordinate with each other to sculpt and highlight the face, so they can be used together or individually on the cheeks and eyes. While there are four distinct colors, the pan is not that large, so if you wanted to use a single shade on cheeks, you’d have to grab an eye brush, which would fit into each color better. I don’t think it’s practical to use a blush brush and grab only one of the shades; the only shade you could really do that with would be the largest one (bottom right). You can, however, concentrate your brush on different sections, which would allow you to get lighter/darker color.

Monte Carlo has an incredibly smooth texture that feels buttery and creamy at the same time.  It’s a delicate, finely-milled powder.  The texture is every inch what you’d expect from a luxury blush like this.  It’s soft without being powdery, and the pigmentation is fantastic; no stubbornness or sheerness to worry about here.  The color is buildable and blendable, so you can go for a very soft, barely-there peachy blush or apply a heavier, more orange-hued shade. It wore well for nine full hours, and after ten hours, there was slight, but noticeable, fading.

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Monte Carlo

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A+

Edward Bess continues to deliver a high-quality, luxury line that impresses. Monte Carlo is wonderfully pigmented, easily blended, and long-wearing.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale
Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $45.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

MAC Warmth of Coral is a touch lighter and more matte. MAC Melba is more matte and a touch dustier. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach is less frosted and less orange. Becca Damselfly is a smidgen darker. Make Up For Ever #153 is more frosted with a higher sheen.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: Dior Iconic Mascara. On lips: Chanel Attirance Extrait de Gloss

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37 thoughts on “Edward Bess Monte Carlo (02) Quad Royale Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Oh how I wish his cosmetics line was sold in here too! This looks beyond lovely!

  2. Oh that looks great, looks very chic.

  3. Avatar of Precious Precious

    The look you created suits you well, Christine. You’re glowing. :)

  4. helen

    It’s the perfect colour (and glow) for spring. It’s lovely on you, Christine. I don’t know if the Sephora here in (Toronto) Canada carry this line but i will definitely check!

  5. Seems like a great product, and it suits you perfectly!

  6. Avatar of LRW LRW

    Is this fragrance free? The reason I ask is that I had to return/swap some of EB’s products due to the fig smell.Otherwise,I love most of his products.Also,are you wearing Wulong or is the glow coming entirely from EB? I bought Wulong after seeing it on you..omg..it is fabulous!

    • Hey LRW!

      If it’s the cheeks, it’s Edward Bess! :) I didn’t smell anything, BUT my compact was open for days so it’s possible any fragrance disappeared.

  7. Wow. How I’m restraining myself from immediately buying this online I don’t know. It’s shot right to the top of my wishlist! Gorgeous. Thanks for the enablement as always! x

  8. Avatar of Anne Anne

    Oooh it does look awesome.

  9. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    Very pretty, and I love the concept. However, this color just doesn’t work for me. I’m willing to look into other shdes, though.

  10. Avatar of Marian Marian Humin

    Oh! That’s really gorgeous!

  11. Although it’s more for pale complexions, I’m absolutely mad for the Quad Royale in South of France. These little powders are truly wonderful. Now I know I have to go back for this one so I have it for the warm weather.

  12. Avatar of Elena Elena

    I need to get this for my mum, her initials are EB! :)

  13. Avatar of Gabriella bella

    looks super super pretty, but not liking the fact it contains mineral oil :/ don’t want that on places that can get breakouts… so eyeshadows ok, but not cheek stuff

  14. YellowLantern

    This looks lovely! The coloring of this isn’t right for my complexion though, so I hope there are other colors and that you’ll have the chance to review them!

  15. Avatar of Veronica Veronica

    Very nice, though way too warm and orange for my skin tone. I’ll have to give the other shades a look when I get a chance. :)

  16. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    Gorgeous color and quality. Seems a little too orange to use as a blush on my complexion, but it looks extremely to the Estee Lauder eyeshadow Kenyan Copper, which I use as a pop in the center of my lid with just about any eye look I do, and it brings out my green/hazel eyes and fair complexion. I assume there would be no problem using this on the eye? It is rather expensive to buy as a highlighter eyeshadow, but I’ve yet to find a good dupe for Kenyan Copper. I do not know where they sell Edward Bess products on Long Island, NY. I know NY has a lot of shopping, but LI does not have a really upscale dept store like Neiman Marcus, Barney’s of Bergdorf’s. I guess people venture into NYC for those. So many of the very high end products that I read about and salivate over on the beauty blogs are not available for me to play with. Our Nordstrom’s beauty dept was just renovated, and they now offer Chantecalle and Le Metier de Beaute, so I guess things are looking up. I would hope that quality eyeshadows could be obtained at more reasonable prices, but as I get older, I find that many eyeshadows exacerbate a crinkly look to the eyelid skin that doesn’t exist with no eyeshadow on. The only shadows that do not do this, that I have found, are Bobbie Brown and the new Estee Lauder Pure Color eyeshadows. If you have any other suggestions, for color or line, I’d love to hear them. I’m very jealous, you get to play with all the best new toys!!!

  17. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    I just noticed that you note that Sephora carries Edward Bess, our local stores do not.

  18. Boone

    Christine, did you try these as eyeshadow, too? The shades are beautiful, and I’d be much more likely to splurge if the palette successfully works on the eyes as well as the cheeks.

  19. Avatar of skedasticity skedasticity

    I LOVE those earrings. Where did you get them?? OH yeah, and the powder is lovely also.

  20. I swore I was finished buying any cheek products for at least a couple of months, but after seeing how gorgeous this is I think I might make one exception… Do you think it will look to orangey on fair skin?

  21. I LOVE this powder so SO much–it’s one of my absolute favorite blushes ever! It’s shimmery but doesn’t emphasize my large pores at all. And the color–oh its perfect! I definitely plan on checking out Summer in Capri next!

  22. stacey

    No thank you. Not for something made in Taiwan….thanks for a pic of the back of the container.

  23. Avatar of Anne-Marie anne-marie

    I love this quad too! It works great as a highlighter on my medium skin tone. However, I feel that for a luxury brand, the brush that comes with it should be of a better quality. This one felt kinda scratchy to me. I prefer using my Sigma brushes anyway though.

  24. Fashion Chick

    Would this color work on fair skin with pink undertones? I have blue eyes and dark brown hair. Or would you recommend another shade? Thanks!

  25. Avatar of michelle Michelle

    How does this compare to Nars Luster?

  26. I totally agree w/ you Christine! I own this fabulous blush and it’s really top notch. versatile, high quality, totally worth the money!

  27. Jamie

    This was possibly my most used product last summer, I used it all the time. It’s lovely and soooo worth it. I remember when I received it, I had expected it to be bigger.